Elissa Strauss writes about the politics and culture of parenthood. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. CNN We live, for the most part, fairly similar lives to our next-door neighbors. Both households have two working parents, two kids and an appreciation for the way California weather affords them unscripted, outdoor play year-round.
No-homework policies are popping up all over, including schools in the U. College de Saint-Ambroise, an elementary school in Quebec, is the latest school to ban homework, announcing this week that it would try the new policy for a year. Kralovec called the ban on homework a movement, though she estimated just a small handful of schools in the U. Gaithersburg Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland, is one of them, eliminating the traditional concept of homework in The school simply asks that students read 30 minutes each night. Some schools have taken yet another approach. Many schools in the U.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones recently engaged in a public pitch for the policy, which is now the subject of a couple of pending bills in Congress. Doing just that, however, leads to the conclusion that a solution other than what she and supportive legislators are proposing is in order. Excessive homework — or to state the argument more accurately, any homework at all — is physically taxing on students, many of them very young, after they have already spent a full strenuous day in the classroom. Projects that students are expected to complete at home often pose a burdensome expense on parents, who may not have a ready budget for the last-minute purchase of needed materials.
Grace Poe filed a Senate bill banning teachers to give homework or assignments to students on weekends. Poe stressed that the "no homework" policy on weekends will be applied to both public and private schools. In the Senate bill, Poe pointed out that the state is mandated to safeguard the welfare of teachers and school children. Citing a study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Program for International Student Assessment, the senator noted that additional time spent on homework has a negligible impact on the performance of students.
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